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H.R. 1639: Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 20, 2017 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

I

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1639

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 20, 2017

(for himself and Ms. DeGette) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of physical therapists in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2017.

2.

National Health Service Corps; participation of physical therapists in loan repayment program

(a)

Mission of corps; definition of primary health services

Section 331(a)(3)(D) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254d(a)(3)(D)) is amended by striking or mental health, and inserting mental health, or physical therapy,.

(b)

Loan repayment program

Section 338B of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254l–1) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(1), by striking and physician assistants; and inserting physician assistants, and physical therapists;; and

(2)

in subsection (b)(1)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A), by inserting before the semicolon the following: , or have a doctoral or master's degree in physical therapy;

(B)

in subparagraph (B), by inserting physical therapy, after mental health,; and

(C)

in subparagraph (C)(ii), by inserting physical therapy, after dentistry,.